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Preethi Prasad, who was ES e-

S Ba named a part­ner in July at ST ck O RY man­age­ment-con­sul­tant firm

A.T. Kear­ney, says com­ing back to work five years ago af­ter the birth of her first child, Asha, was dif­fi­cult. Her job usu­ally in­volves trav­el­ing 80 per­cent of the time to meet with clients. For the first six months af­ter Asha’s birth, she asked to han­dle lo­cal clients only, which helped. But when her sec­ond daugh­ter, Anya, was born three months pre­ma­turely three years ago, the firm had started its Path­ways for Par­ents pro­gram, which en­ables em­ploy­ees to work part time or have a re­duced role af­ter re­turn­ing from leave. Bonus and salary are pro­rated. Preethi was able to take a full leave, and then ramp up to work­ing her pre­vi­ous hours. She came back at 50 per­cent, then 80 per­cent, and then full time. Af­ter two months full time, she re­al­ized it was too much and went back to 80 per­cent for a few months. She then re­turned to full time a year ago.

“It doesn’t neg­a­tively im­pact our ca­reer pro­gres­sion. HR worked with me and gave me lots of sup­port. I tend to over­com­mit my­self, and they let me take my foot off the gas and be home a lit­tle more. With a pre­ma­ture baby, and an­other child at home, it makes all the dif­fer­ence,” she says.

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